A Neurologist's Best Recommendations For Getting Rid Of A Painful Migraine

Not all migraines are the same. In fact, migraines can present with a wide range of symptoms. While some people may experience sensitivity to noise or bright lighting, others may feel nauseous, while others experience auras, according to the Mayo Clinic. In addition, some migraines come on without any accompanying pain whatsoever, known as silent migraines (via Healthline). However, pain is usually among the most commonly experienced symptoms of a migraine. For some, this pain can come on so intensely that it affects their day-to-day functioning.

Many of us feel powerless in the face of a migraine. However, some experts suggest there are things within our power that we can do to help alleviate the pain of an oncoming migraine. To find these answers, Health Digest spoke with Dr. Sara Crystal, Medical Director for Cove, a platform that combines diagnosis, personalized and affordable treatment solutions, and ongoing condition management for migraine sufferers. In the interview, Dr. Crystal opened up and shared her top recommendations for how to do away with an impending, painful migraine.

4 top treatment tips

When it comes to treating a migraine, Dr. Crystal explains that timing can make all the difference. "The sooner you treat the migraine symptoms, the sooner you will feel better," she states. Offering her first tip, Dr. Crystal says, "[M]any medications work best if taken early in the attack." Specifically, she encourages the use of migraine medication and nausea medicine. The next thing those with migraines can do is help calm the body by removing all stimulation that could further exacerbate symptoms, such as light. "Rest in a dark, quiet room," Dr. Crystal suggests. "Some people find applying heat or cold compresses helpful. Some find essential oils to be helpful," she adds. Her fourth and final tip is to give your body the fluids that it needs. "Try to stay hydrated," Dr. Crystal advises.

In addition to doing things that can help relieve a migraine, Dr. Crystal explains that there are also some things that we should avoid doing, such as delaying medication usage. Dr. Crystal concludes, telling Health Digest, "Don't try to be a hero! Pushing through and not allowing yourself to rest may prolong the symptoms."